In a series of free, all-age outdoor concerts, punters will be exposed to the various sweet sounds of Eagle and the Worm, Oscar + Martin, The Paper Kites, Vance Joy, Diafrix, Chance Waters, Hungry Kids of Hungary and Asta.
Kicking off on January 10 with the pop/roots Triple J Unearthed band Eagle and the Worm. Having previously played at Big Day Out, Meredith Music Festival, Bluesfest, UK/European festivals End of the Road and Eletric Pink, as well as headlining their own international club shows, they have become one of Australia’s most loved live acts.
January 10 also sees the afrojack/R&B duo of Oscar + Martin take to the stage. Nominated for Best New Talent at the 2012 The Age EG Awards, their combination of electronica, hip hope, R&B and experimental pop will leave you hyponotised.
Whimsical folk/indie group The Paper Kites make an appearance on January 17. As previous Triple J Unearthed winners, The Paper Kites caught people’s attention with their widely popular single Bloom in 2010. After playing a handful of shows in Australia and New Zealand, the band released their EP Woodland. In late 2011 they supported Josh Pyke on his national tour, and this year supported Boy & Bear on their completely sold-out headline tour.
The original voice of Vance Joy will also perform on January 17. Having started by performing open mic nights in Melbourne, he now breeds folk music with pop influences, creating songs that will surely grab your attention.
On Australia Day, hip hop artists Diafrix and Chance Waters will continue the stream of live music.
Hailing from Comoros Islands, the Melbourne-based, African-born duo Diafrix have a story unlike most Australian bands. Both African refugees, Momo arriving in Australia aged three, while Azmarino arrived in Australia after searching worldwide for a home in places like Jordan, Italy and Switzerland. Now based in Footscray, the two aim to present an inspiring example of two dreamers overcoming hardship and obscurity.
Having built a reputation as high-energy performers, the duo have supported the likes of Bruno Mars, Tinie Tempah, B.o.B and Lupe Fiasco, as well as collaborating with 360 and Dwele.
After ditching his Phatchance moniker earlier this year, Triple J Unearthed winner Chance Waters burst back in to the Australian music scene with his new album Infinity. Debuting at #54 on the ARIA charts and nominated for a Triple J Award, Chance collaborated with Australian songstress Bertie Blackman and soul singer Lilian Blue on the album. He has also previously supported acts including Bliss N Eso, Drapht and 360.
The series wraps up on January 31 with sets from Hungry Kids of Hungary and Asta.
The Hungry Kids of Hungary create fun and energetic music that touches on blues, soul, R&B and 1960s style pop-rock. Having signed an international recording deal and finishing a new album in 2012, their lead single Sharp Shooter became #1 ‘Most Played Track’ on Triple J. The band has also played with Tom Ugly, Philadelphia Grand Jury, Washington and most recently Bertie Blackman and Little Birdy. They have also appeared at numerous festivals, including Big Day Out, Splendour in the Grass, Blueprint Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, South by Southwest and the Netherland’s Pinkpop Festival.
2012 Triple J Unearthed High winner Asta describes her live shows as a “mix of heart-felt acoustics and some upbeat folky-pop.” The young Tasmanian has performed with other Triple J Unearthed High finalists in Brisbane and will soon play her first festival at SOUNDSCAPE in Hobart.
So pull out your deck chair, or find a spot in one of the restaurants or bars, and support free live music this month in Melbourne.
Written by Amy Theodore